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A new UK report has found a dramatic rise in sexually transmitted infections Photo: Getty Images

Two leading charities are calling on the Government to invest more in sexual health clinics and sex education.

The Terrence Higgins Trust and British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have joined forces to produce a report that found a concerning rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Their research found that in England alone, there is a new STI diagnosis every 70 seconds, and nearly half of all new STIs are in people under 25.

Cases of gonorrhoea are up 249%, and syphilis up 165% in the last ten years.

Their new report also states that the government has cut sexual health spending in England by 25% since 2014, with Dr. John McSorley, the president of BASHH, referring to this decision as “nonsensical.”

“This must be a wake-up call for the government to take action”
Jonathan McShane, Chair of Terrence Higgins Trust

Jonathan McShane, Chair of Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “This report shows that the nation’s sexual health is not in good shape and this must be a wake-up call to the Government to take action. Local government has played a key role in improving sexual health but has been held back by a combination of severe cuts to their public health budgets and the lack of a clear national strategy.”

He added: “This has resulted in the rates of some STIs spiralling and services struggling to cope with demand. It’s clear to see that sexual health has been neglected for too long and has not been a priority for successive governments.”